so·​cio·​path ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio)
: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

Examples of sociopath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The professor described sociopaths as people prone to apathy who behave badly out of a desperation to feel something. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Bon Iver in You Season 3, Ep. 10 Just as sociopath Joe (Penn Badgley) drags the lifeless body of Love (Victoria Pedretti), his equally deranged wife, across the floor of their Nancy Meyers-esque kitchen, the evocative Folklore track starts to play. Shannon Carlin, TIME, 3 May 2024 There’s some initial laughter about how the military selects for sociopaths. Susan Burton, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 The elephant in the room, for viewers if not the characters, is that at 47, Andrew Scott is too old for the fledgling sociopath that Tom Ripley is supposed to be in the first of Highsmith’s novels in the series. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sociopath 

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sociopath was in 1914

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“Sociopath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a sociopathic individual
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